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backpacking
3 days ago

backpacking
4 days ago

Emerald and Sapphire Lakes are both amazing. Here is a trip report with pictures that I wrote for a backpacking trip out to the lakes and back. https://backpackersreview.wordpress.com/trip-reports/trinity-alps-emerald-lake/

on Four Lakes Loop

hiking
11 days ago

backpacking
16 days ago

Do an overnight this past weekend. This hike has amazing view, beautiful meadows full of vibrant colors. Its a steady up hill for most of the 6 miles. Its not an easy feat. Went up and over Deer Creek Pass down to Dear Lake, a few tents were up, no really good spots to camp. Even thou I was worn out by this time, we trekked on to Luella Lake, we camped here for the night, with only one other group. We had the lake to ourselves early am and took a dip. Watched the sunrise and headed on up to Diamond Lake, for me this was the highlight of all the lakes. Another steep trudge up the switch backs and up Siligo Peak, very sketchy route the last 300 feet, but bagged the peak. Head back to Deer Creek Lake and begin the 6 mile journey home. This was one intense, hard hike. But worth the blood sweat and tears. There are only a few ideal spots by each lake. The parking lot was full, but didn't run in to much more than a handful of ppl........

Went a few weeks ago with some friends and it was a beautiful hike with views of mountains and waterfalls popping out as the trail turned and wound its way up the mountains, a gorgeous crystal clear green river that followed us for much of the way, and the beautiful granite and mountain-surrounded lakes at the end. The two less ideal aspects of the trip were the facts that the Upper and Lower Canyon Lakes are completely exposed with very little shade, so spending a day up there can be quite brutal (the water is freezing cold so you can't really stay in there for too long), and the hordes of people all along the trail and at the lake. it was very difficult to find a campsite and you were always within view and earshot of other groups, not to mention the strain that must put on the ecology. On the way back, we stopped by the crystalline river to have lunch, but it was marred by the smell of human waste. Please bury your waste and keep it off the trail and definitely at least 100 feet away from water.

there seems to be a lot of mis information about how long this hike is. The USFS map we picked up from the ranger station in Weaverville said 17 miles to Sapphire Lake. The sign at the trailhead at Bridge camp where everyone parks said 14. We took our Garmin and it read 11.5 on the way up and 12.5 on the way back. So who the heck knows! In any case it is one of the prettiest hikes I've ever done. Morris Meadows half way up is a great half way point if you wanted to take two days to make it to Sapphire. Both Sapphire and Emerald are gorgeous. Wear long pants past Morris Meadows, as Jonathan said below, it's like walking through a tropical jungle. The wildflowers and butterflies were gorgeous. We saw 6 snakes in 3 days so keep an eye out! None were rattlers.

backpacking
25 days ago

Went up with the Dece Scouts for a weekend of backpacking. We camped at Deer lake. There was maybe 4 other groups camped there as well. The weather was amazing and the stars were fierce.

In the morning Jing, Stani, and I did the loop clockwise and arrived back at our camp. The loop took about 3 hours with a big climb at the end. We packed up and headed out.

This place is great.

backpacking
26 days ago

I hiked the loop this summer, across two days, and saw all four lakes on the loop and Summit Lake. Definitely a great hike and there was still plenty of snow. The hike up to Deer Pass was a little challenging, and had to climb through some snow. There were a couple places along the trail where the trial was covered in snow but overall wasn't bad and the views are definitely worth it.

July 15 2017
Be prepared to drive on a windy dirt road for 30 minutes to reach the trailhead. You basically drive up the entire mountain and park at the top. I was not very smart and brought my little Hyundai up but couldn't make it all the way. It's a beautiful mountain top. There is a fire lookout to explore on the left and the trail is to the right. Slightly difficult to find trailhead since the sign has been torn down (see picture). Very brief and easy trail to the small "lake". Very narrow with some overgrown parts. The trail according to AllTrails takes you down to the lake but I could not find that section of trail and stayed at the top exploring. Not much to do up there without getting into dangerous situations. If you have four-wheel-drive and are looking for a Great view that you don't even have to hike for this is your trail. I wouldn't do it again simply because of the long dirt road.

I'll start off with tips:

The gps location they give is about 2.5 miles away from the trailhead. I was dropped off and had to walk that distance to the trail head and subsequently after to meet my ride because of no cell service.

When you get to the rock scramble do not go down and do not go up. I accidentally went up about a quarter mile on some sketchy rocks until I saw the lakes and had to climb back down. Just go straight ahead when you see the rocks. You will get what I mean.

The board says 14 miles to Sapphire Lake not 12

In total it became a 30+mile hike

NOW the review.

I did this as a day hike. I started at 6 am and ended at around 5 due to all the extra mileage. It starts off slow with some nice views of the river.

The changing point was when I hit the meadow. It was extremely nice and has about knee height plants (I'm 5'10). The trail is really easy to follow.

After the meadow you then fall into what seems to be a tropical jungle. At certain points i wish I had a machete to make a clearer path but that is just me. Haha. Most of the trail is extremely easy to follow.

Once you pass this point you are almost there. You have some decent elevation and then boom you see the first lake. It surprised me. Very beautiful. Go up a mile or less and then you get to see Sapphire. I sat for 20 mins and made my way back.

If I brought my own car and started at the trail head the hike would have been from 6 am to 3pm.

The trail isn't hard. Anyone who is in decent shape can do it with the correct stamina. I am new to hiking and I did 14-15 mile hikes for 4 days previously and was still able to complete this easily.

Totally worth it though. One of the best hikes I've been on.

hiking
1 month ago

Starts of slow- pretty but forgettable. Then the trail turns into Tropical California. SO amazing. I felt like I was in Hawaii with so much plant diversity. I backpacked this last year, 2016 in July and there was snow covering the trail at times making it harder to traverse, but manageable. Amazing views. Made base camp at Siligo Meadow and did four loops lake as a day hike. This is an amazing 3 night backpack.

backpacking
1 month ago

Went up to the 4 lakes loop for the 4th of July weekend. There is still some snow that you go through or have to go around, but it is melting quickly. This trip is well worth it. It's 7 miles to Deer Lake with a 5,000 foot elevation gain, and another 6 around to Summit Lake. My group passed many others because they were not aware of the large elevation gains. Once you do get up over the pass, find a lake to call base camp and then hike around. We did it the hard way, and took our packs from Deer Lake, past Diamond Lake, and camped out at Summit Lake. Deer Lake and Luella have small trout, so anglers bring a pole. It is very well trafficked during the weekend especially, so you will not be alone up there!

This hike was great but it's 30 miles, not 25. That's a pretty big difference when planning to do it in 2 days. Still a very nice hike.